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    DescriptionIn describing the origins of modern "science", historians often fail to appreciate or misread how the ancients understood and used significant expressions of "natural knowledge". Few read the story of the cyclops, for example, as useful advice about where to travel and settle -- and where not to. Others search for "lost Egyptian wisdom" rather than see how the great pyramids of the Old Kingdom could be built with the simple tools and cumbersome mathematics of the time. Mott T. Greene reexamines the remnants of ancient life using conceptual tools seldom brought to bear on such material. The result is a fresh appraisal of what the evidence will yield about natural phenomena and modes of thought in the distant past. Greene builds on the work of modern scholars but contributes scientific precision and tenacity to debates in areas as diverse as archaeology, early art history, Egyptian fractions, Indo-Iranian religion, classical Greek verse, and Plato's "problem of knowledge".

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    Natural Knowledge in Preclassical Antiquity
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mott T. Greene
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 271 g
    ISBN 13: 9780801863714
    ISBN 10: 0801863716

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    1, black & white illustrations
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    Publication date
    17 October 2000
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    Mott T. Greene is the John B. Magee Distinguished Professor in the Honors Program at the University of Puget Sound. He is the author of Geology in the Nineteenth Century: Changing Views of a Changing World.
    Review quote
    Mott Greene is a brilliant and original investigator of ancient enigmas. This lucid and thoroughly accessible book contains seven essays exploring aspects of knowledge in antiquity up to the time of Plato. Nature
    Table of contents
    Contents: Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: Prehistory Chapter 2: Egyptian Fractions Chapter 3: Hesiod's Volcanoes I. Titans and Typhoeus Chapter 4: Hesiod's Volcanoes II. Natural History of Cyclopes Chapter 5: Thales and Halys Chapter 6: The True Identity of Soma Chapter 7: Plato's Myths Notes Index